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Community Arts and Culture (CAC) Grant Program - Project Grant

Grants to Oregon Organizations and Individuals for Arts
Programs and Capacity Building in Eligible Regions

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Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council (HACC)

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02/28/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Oregon organizations and individuals for arts programming and capacity building efforts in eligible regions. Grant funds are intended to increase access to the arts for underserved communities. Funding is intended for short-term or one time projects and may be used for existing and new projects. Arts and cultural programs should serve residents of Hillsboro.

Community Arts and Culture Grants are crucial to supporting local arts programs, fostering collaboration between community members, and increasing access to the arts and culture for underserved populations.

Community Arts and Culture Grant Goals:

  • Raise awareness and expand or support existing arts and cultural programs that serves Hillsboro residents;
  • Foster collaboration between community members; and
  • Provide access to arts and cultural experiences for those who are underserved, including those underserved due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, health status, income, lack of transportation, geographic area, or other reasons to be defined in your application.

Project Grants

Project grants fund short- term or one time projects, rather than on-going operational expenses like staffing. Both new and existing projects are eligible for funding.

Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Goals
    • Working with a consultant to develop a business plan, funding strategies, marketing plans or other capacity building initiatives
    • Technology advancement such as: website development, systems development for ticketing, graphic design or other organizational needs
    • Enhance marketing and communications
  • Community Programs
    • Program improvements that increase access to arts and culture for underserved populations
    • Strong community outreach component such as: performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings or festivals
    • Enhance local arts and culture community by offering workshops, lectures, demonstrations, master classes, panel discussions, etc.
    • Cultural festivals or celebrations
    • Youth programming, including in-school and out-of-school opportunities
    • Displayed art tours in coordination with local businesses, public institutions, galleries, private collections and artists

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178775

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project grants range from $500 - $3,000.
- Level 1: $0 - $1,500
- Level 2: $0 - $3,000

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must take place between June 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021. If the grant cannot be completed in this timeframe, the Funding Source has the right to require repayment of granted funds. Grant recipients must notify HACC staff, in writing, of any changes related to funded activity.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Arts and Culture Grant Program provides financial support for arts and culture organizations located in Hillsboro. Educational and social service organizations are also eligible to apply for funds for arts and culture related programs. If you are unsure about your organization’s eligibility, please contact HACC staff.

Funding Levels:
Level 1: Grant Eligibility Criteria - IRS Non-profit status is not required. To be considered for a Level 1 project grant, an organization or individual must:
- Apply for a grant that specifically addresses the goal(s) within the RFP
- Provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Apply for arts and cultural events or activities in Hillsboro with a primary responsibility to serve the residents of Hillsboro
- Provide a budget summary for the proposed activity
- Provide a roster of board members or project partners

Level 2: Grant Eligibility Criteria - IRS Non-profit status, such as 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) is required.
To be considered for a Level 2 project grant, an organization must:
- Comply with Level 1 eligibility criteria
- Have IRS non-profit status. A letter verifying status may be requested

Note: Organizations may apply for a Project Grant, a Core Support Grant, or both. Please utilize HACC staff for inquiries about eligibility or funding restrictions.

Funding restrictions are as follows:
- Projects that do not serve the greater Hillsboro community
- Permanent Building improvements (including, but not limited to: construction or renovation of facilities, lighting or sound systems, hanging systems, or security systems)
- Individual artist’s projects that are not directly serving the community
- Academic tuition
- Debt retirement or operational deficit
- Food or beverages
- Travel expenses (including gas or mileage reimbursements)
- Lobbying expenses
- Dues for memberships to professional or artistic organizations

Other Restrictions:
- An organization may submit only one project grant application per fiscal year.
- Previously funded organizations should be current on all HACC grant agreements and reports.
- For funded projects that are still in progress, the organization is required to submit a Progress Report form.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020. Applications must be submitted by email Melissa Moore or received at the Walters Cultural Arts Center by 5 PM.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with HACC staff regarding eligibility.

Applications submitted by the Review and Revise deadline are eligible to be reviewed by staff and organizations will be notified of any causes for disqualification. The Review and Revise deadline for the 2020-21 grant cycle is 5 pm, February 7, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of awards by April 30, 2020.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application to:
Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council
527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Questions to:
Melissa Moore
Community Arts Program Supervisor

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Greater Hillsboro

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